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October 24, 2017

Charters Licensing Their Own Teachers: A Symptom of Failure, Not a Cure

Given the recent debate around charters certifying their own teachers, Marc Tucker weighs in and calls for high professional standards for all teachers regardless of school type.

October 04, 2017

Germany Rapidly Improved Their Schools and We Didn't—Why?

After disappointing PISA results in 2000, Marc Tucker looks at why Germany reacted with system-wide reform while the United States responded with complacency.

March 03, 2016

Why the Common Core Will Be Declared a Failure

Claims that the Common Core State Standards have failed to improve academic performance in U.S. schools overlook the fact that standards are just one component of a high-performing education system.

February 11, 2016

Building a Powerful State Instructional System for All Students

In the third part of a series, Marc Tucker explains how states can build instructional systems that rival those of top-performing countries and foster high achievement and equity for all students.

November 24, 2015

ESEA Reauthorization and Standards: A Chance to Do It Right

With ESEA reauthorization close at hand, Marc Tucker provides suggestions to state leaders as responsibility for standards and accountability systems moves their way.

December 04, 2014

Jim Pellegrino on Common-Core Implementation

An interview with Jim Pellegrino, Co-Director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute, Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, about the resources teachers will need to teach the Common Core effectively.

November 12, 2014

Interview With Two Contributors to the Common-Core Literacy Standards

An interview with Catherine Snow of Harvard Graduate School of Education and Sue Pimentel of Student Achievement Partners on developing curriculum and professional development aligned to the Common Core.

November 03, 2014

Rewriting the Textbooks for Common Core

Phil Daro and Jason Zimba on how implementing the common core means re-writing the textbooks and re-teaching mathematics.

October 27, 2014

Interview With Phil Daro and Jason Zimba on the Common Core

An interview with Phil Daro and Jason Zimba, leaders in developing the Common Core mathematics standards, on implementation progress, the testing consortia, accountability systems and instructional materials.

October 16, 2014

Kentucky and the Common Core: Interview With Terry Holliday and Felicia Smith

Terry Holliday and Felicia Smith on how Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core, implementation progress so far and their advice for other states and the federal government.

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